OXFORD, Ohio - RedHawk Athletics is an active participant in Miami University's Welcome Week, a 10-day series of programs focused on making connections with other students while exploring campus life and various aspects of college.

Beginning last week and continuing through Saturday, August 25, Welcome Week has included a concert and meet-and-greets with the entire first-year class of 2016, a group that numbers 3,725 students. Several RedHawk athletic teams assisted with Move in Day on Thursday.

Head Hockey Coach Enrico Blasi and senior Steven Spinell spoke to the RedHawk Traditions LLC on Friday, to kick off their year with Residence Life.

One of the highlights last weekend was the Love & Honor Pep Rally at Yager Stadium, home of the RedHawk football team. Football seniors Zac Dysert and Austin Brown along with men's basketball senior Vince Legarza and junior Jon Harris addressed the crowd along with Head Football Coach Don Treadwell and Miami Athletics Director Brad Bates. The also was a concert and the formation of a gigantic "M" featuring Miami's first-year students.

Exciting varsity athletic events during Welcome Week included a 3-0 soccer victory last Friday by Miami over Xavier. Coming up this Friday is a soccer game vs. Northwestern of the Big Ten Conference. The action begins at 5 p.m. at the soccer field, adjacent to the east side of Yager Stadium.

The week concludes with Mega Fair at Millett Hall, Saturday (Aug. 25), an informational event advertising involvement opportunities across campus. Miami has more than 400 student clubs and organizations, including service organizations, fraternities and sororities, academic and career-focused groups, and clubs who share interests in diversity, political, religious, or social justice topics. At Mega Fair, you can even find sports and performance teams and ensembles. If you're looking for something in particular, check out the list of student organizations currently recognized by the University. More than likely, students will find a group they're interested in, or if they don't, they can start your own!

Buffy Stoll, Director of New Student Programs at Miami said that she's excited about the collaboration among campus organizations and the student body.

"Some of the new ideas have resulted in some great new events for Welcome Week and Welcome Back Week (for upperclass students) this year," said Stoll.   "We've worked very closely with ICA (Intercollegiate Athletics), Rec Sports, Student Activities, Student Health Services, and Second Year Programs on significant changes to major programs this year, and over 40 offices and departments are involved in the planning and programs. The overarching goal of Welcome Week & Welcome Back Week is to introduce students to events, traditions, resources, and opportunities that will help them succeed as students and as members of the Miami community.  I think this year's programs will do just that!"

HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS (from Aug. 24 thru Sept. 8):
Aug. 24 - Soccer vs. Northwestern (5 p.m.)
Sep. 4 - Volleyball vs. Xavier (7 p.m.)
Sep. 7 - Soccer vs. Austin Peay (5 p.m.)
Sep. 8 - Football vs. Southern Illinois (1 p.m.)
Sep. 8 - Volleyball  vs. Chicago State (10 a.m.)
Sep. 8 - Volleyball vs. Temple (7:30 p.m.)
Sep. 8 - Field Hockey vs. Longwood (11 a.m.)